On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 10:30 am ET, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) released the results of a We Dream in Black Domestic Worker Survey of over 800 Black domestic workers from New York City, Massachusetts, and Miami-Dade. This data brief is a part of the larger Pay, Professionalism and Respect series.

Black immigrant domestic workers are at the epicenter of three converging storms—the pandemic, the resulting economic depression, and structural racism. Intersectional identities as Black, immigrant, women, and low-wage workers make these essential workers some of the most invisible and vulnerable workers in our country.

“Prior to coronavirus, Black domestic workers have been in precarious working conditions and those conditions have been exacerbated by the coronavirus, said Marc Bayard, Associate Fellow and the Director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative. “It’s imperative to move urgently on solutions and actions that will create the necessary protections.”

As the nation turns toward reopening in the midst of racial reckoning, the experiences of Black immigrant domestic workers show all that we must reject and all that we must build to become a safer, stronger, and more just country.

See the full results of the new policy brief here: https://ips-dc.org/black-immigrant-domestic-workers-covid-19/

Marc Bayard directs the Black Worker Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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